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ARIA Singles: Wiz Khalifa See You Again Is No 1

by Gavin Ryan on April 11, 2015

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Wiz Khalfia has the number one song in Australia.

With the nationwide opening of the seventh installment of the ‘Fast & Furious’ film franchise occurring last Thursday, the closing credits theme song which is also a tribute to the films star who passed, Paul Walker, this week creates Australian chart history by becoming the song with the biggest leap to No.1. Up a massive fifty-eight places to land at the top of the ARIA Singles chart is rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer/songwriter Charlie Puth with “See You Again”.

“See You Again” also rose from eighteen to one in New Zealand this past week and we are the first two countries to make it a No.1 song, and here it becomes the 1033rd chart topping title (1940 to 2015) and the 468th for ARIA (1983 to 2015). It’s the third song with ‘See’ in the title to reach the top, the last being back in 1970 with the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”/”Long As I Can See the Light” (Nov, 4 weeks), whilst it’s the seventh ‘Again’, with Britney Spears having the last one with “Oops… I Did it Again!” (May 2000, 2 weeks), and the last ‘You’ was only a month again when Ellie Goulding and “Love Me Like You Do” was at the top for four weeks.

The former biggest leap to No.1 was set by Elton John in 1997 with “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”/”Candle in the Wind ‘97” when the re-packaged single went from 41 to the top, and prior to that it was 1990’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor which jumped to the top from a debut of No.37, whilst the last song to do it was Sheppard with “Geronimo” in early April 2014 jumping from 18 to No.1. (thanks to Grant for the list) The first songs to leap to the top were both Beatles numbers, “Can’t Buy Me Love” (16 to 1, first week of May 1964) and then “Yellow Submarine”/”Eleanor Rigby” which went from 36 to 1 in its second week on the charts (first week of Sept 1966) {thanks to THE David Kent for this info}. The Wiz and Charlie song also leapt from 84 to 10 in the USA and was their No.1 digital selling song this week.

“See You Again” is the 23rd No.1 for the Atlantic label, with the Ed Sheeran song “Thinking of You” (Oct 2014) being their last, and Wiz and Charlie are the 185th Male American Artists to reach the top here, whilst also being the 404th American Performers to claim a No.1 and the 674th song by an American act too.

So after a single week at the top, Major Lazer with M0 and DJ Snake drop back to No.2 with “Lean on”, which also pushes down Jarryd James to No.3 with “Do You Remember” after spending the past two weeks at the peak of No.2. Another trio of artists jumping up into the Top 5, as Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber who are up three places to a new peak of No.4 with “Where Are U Now”, which also pushes former No.1 “Bills” by LunchMoney Lewis down to No.5 this week.

After 19 weeks within the Top 5, “Uptown Funk” for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars dips down one spot to No.6 this week, whilst it also becomes the equal longest No.1 in the US this century at 14 weeks (and counting). After two weeks at No.3 Sam Smith and John Legends’ “Lay Me Down” drops three places to No.7 and holding its peak of No.8 is Jason DeRulo with “Want to Want Me”. With half of the Top 10 made up of current or former No.1’s the final one occurs at No.9, Rihanna alongside Kanye West and Paul McCartney with “FourFiveSeconds” which is down three places this week and holding at No.10 is Hozier with “Take Me to Church”.

UP: Galantis with “Runaway (U & I)” is up seven places to a new peak of No.12, and up three spots to No.15 are Vance Joy with “Georgia”, which is the only new certification in the chart this week, the song now Gold (●) in sales, whilst climbing a couple of places into the Top 20 this week is Natalie La Rose with Jeremih on “Somebody” to No.19. Zedd and Selena Gomez are up five places to No.22 with “I Want You to Know” and leaping nine spots to No.27 are Years & Years with “King”, whilst the “Fight Song” for Rachel Platten is up six to a new peak of No.29. Local artist Conrad Sewell who just finished his support tour for Ed Sheeran sees his single “Hold Me Up” up a place to No.39. Jumping into the Top 50 for the first time are Walk the Moon with “Shut Up & Dance” (58 to 41) and leaping a massive forty places is Flo Rida with “GDFR” landing at No.42, whilst the final new peak is from Hozier with “Something New”, climbing five spots to No.45 this week.

DOWN: The only song dropping out of this week ten is “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding after ten weeks within the Top 10 and four of those at No.1. Ed Sheeran’s tour is now over and his jumps with “Bloodstream” (13 to 17) and “Thinking Out Loud” (17 to 23) drop back this week, whilst last weeks highest new entry of “Bitch Better Have My Money” by Rihanna is down twelve places this week to No.26. Ariana Grande and “One Last Time” is down eight to No.30 and dropping nine to No.33 is James Bay with “Hold Back the River”. Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” is down seven to No.37 and Kelly Clarkson and her “Heartbeat Song” drops six to No.40. “Stuck on a Feeling” for Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg plus “Earned it” by The Weeknd both fall twelve places to No.49 and No.50 respectively.

UK singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson has also been touring with Ed Sheeran (and they have known each other for years), and this week he scores his first chart entry here plus the highest new entry of the week, as his track “Wasn’t Expecting That” comes in at No.20. The re-entry at No.36 is from Sia with “Big Girls Cry” which had its world-wide video premier this past week and originally charted and peaked at No.36 when it was released as a pre-album release promo track at the end of June 2014, but now it is officially the third single from her album “1000 Forms of Fear” (TW-14). The final new entry to the Top 50 is in at No.44, “Ride Out” by YG along with guest rappers Wale, Tyga, Rich Homie Quan and Kid Ink. The song is now the second entry within the fifty from the ‘Furious 7’ (TW-3) soundtrack, with a further four songs from the film debuting in the lower fifty this week. “Ride Out” is the third Top 100 and second Top 50 entry for YG, who last charted as guest rapper on the Jeremih track “Don’t Tell ‘em” (HP-14).

Lower 50: Martin Garrix and Usher are up eight places to a new peak of No.63 with “Don’t Look Down” and The Hilltop Hoods are back up ten places to No.65 with “Live and Let Go”. Two of the three returning tracks this week are “Que Sera” by Justice Crew at No.92 and DJ Snake with Lil’ Jon and “Turn Down for What” at No.98.

The third returnee is at No.52 and is the former No.77 (July 2014) single “Get Low” for Dillon Francis and DJ Snake which is now on the ‘Furious 7’ soundtrack, which is where we have three more new entries coming from this week. Current No.1 artist Wiz Khalifa debuts again at No.61 alongside Iggy Azalea with “Go Hard or Go Home”, and then down at No.91 is the first entry for Sevyn Streeter and “How Bad Do You Want it (Oh Yeah)” and finally coming in at 100 is Skylar Grey with the ballad “I Will Return”, which becomes her fifth Top 100 entry and first as a lead artist, as the previous four were all as guest vocalist.

Iggy Azalea appears as guest vocalist on a second entry this week, the new Tinashe song “All Hands on Deck (Remix)” at No.67, which is Tinashe’s follow up to the No.29 “2 On” (peaked Feb 2015). Also landing her second chart entry at No.87 is Bebe Rexha with “Gone”, with her first chart appearance being on the Cash Cash track “Take Me Home” (HP-7, peaked late Feb 2014).

Tasmanian singer Asta (Asta Binnie) scores her first chart entry at No.88 featuring Allday as guest artist on the song “Dynamite”, with Asta scoring the 2012 Triple J Unearthed win. Snoop Dogg teams up with Charlie Wilson again for his No.93 entry “Peaches N Cream”, with this entry becoming their fourth teaming to chart and Snoop’s 36th Top 100 chart entry. The last entry is in at No.97, “Forces” for local electro artist Japanese Wallpaper featuring Airling as guest act, with this entry becoming J.W.’s second entry after “Breathe In” (HP-98) charted for a single week in early September 2014.

Written, Compiled and Researched by Gavin Ryan.


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